Can Conservation Restore Clean Cut Forests to Old Growth Conditions
Can using conservation restore to near old growth conditions by practicing and using new techniques for changing the configuration of new growth forests.
Some Canadians have begun changing the footprint of crowded overgrown “New Growth” forests by making changes they hope will duplicate normal old growth features.
The problem with new growth trees, when left to themselves as they grow to replace clear cuts…they turn into a solid mass of foliage that blocks light reaching the forest floor.
Below is a picture showing new clear cutting alongside new growth trees from a previous clear cut. Notice the solid canopy formed by all the same sized trees.
By Calibas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14518481
As stated in an article cited below, light on the forest floor is the source for plants that grow the food for anyone or any animal living below.
Since plants are the only living organism that can produce food from light and remains our only supply of food…if you have no plants then you have no animals…if no animals, there is nothing for the meat eaters to eat.
Under these conditions, all the wildlife who lived in the old forest, but were displaced can never return as this has turned into a sterile, unproductive ecosystem.
This video highlights some of the efforts by caring men, devoted to trying to correct some of the damage inflicted by clear cut logging.
Along the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, ecologists, biologists and others from the Forest Service and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation work together in the hopes of speeding up the natural repair that normally takes 250 years to return a clean cut forest to its old growth condition. http://upliftconnect.com/can-humans-help-restore-forests/
The ideal way to handle forests would Not include clear cutting which destroys everything and creates an unbalanced ecosystem.
It not only affects the wild life living there (lost habitat and food), but also creates problems with loss of water management.
With unrestrained runoff from clear cutting, it damages streams, which affects not only the marine life, but humans who depend on clean reliable water sources.
Hopefully, today with more people becoming knowledgeable about what happens when you destroy instead of make planned use of what Nature has abundantly supplied, we will progress as humans into Caregivers instead of Greedy Destroyers.
Using conservation to help restore at a faster pace may be one of the ways that Man can help correct some of the mistakes made in the past.If you can cut 100 years off the estimated 250 years it takes to return a clear cut logging back into an old growth forest…it is certainly progress. The best progress would be for it not to happen. Stop the damage before it is done.
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